Greetings! For today’s article, I decided to help you with your 2017 resolution for a healthy lifestyle. Before you head to gym for an intense workout, you should read this article. As someone, who switched to a healthy lifestyle a year ago, I have some quick tips to consume less sugar. These tips will be your head start for a great 2017!
When you are on a diabetic plan, you might feel like you should force yourself into not consuming sugar at all. Yet, you will still have that craving for sugar that you can’t get your mind off, just like everybody else. On the contrary, being on a diabetic diet plan does not mean that you should cut off sugar at all rates. Instead, you should try having smaller treats each and every day. Moderation will be your solution. Here are some tips for you:
- Want dessert? Avoid bread. Some days, it will be inevitable for you to have some nice dessert. Your diet should not keep you from having your little treat. So in that meal, just avoid other foods that are high in carbohydrates. Some foods that you want to avoid are bread, rice, and pasta.
- Create a solution to your cravings. You can’t simply avoid sweets all of a sudden. Your body needs to adapt to the changes you make. To make things easier, try reducing your sweet consumption slowly but regularly.
- Unconscious bites? Once you are down the road to that snack jar, you will keep eating without noticing. This will make you eat more sugar and still be unsatisfied with what you consume. To avoid this simple mistake, pay more attention to you bites: What are you eating? How does it taste? What is its texture? Your awareness to what you eat will make you happier.
- Unhealthy and healthy fat. At some point in your diet, you will also need to consume fats. However, in today’s world, most of us are tricked about what we consume. The sugary desserts, like donuts, don’t have the type of healthy fats that are beneficial for your diet. Instead of having that big piece of cake, try having nuts, yogurt, cheese, or peanut butter. Your blood sugar levels will stay in healthy level and you will feel fuller!
- Dessert isn’t just a snack; it is also a meal! Since the snacks make your blood sugar rise all of a sudden, you might want to avoid consuming them alone. Try these little treats along with your healthy meal; your blood sugar will not rise as quickly, and it will definitely thank you.
Now, that you know what to do for a healthy living, here are some tips on how to accomplish these quick tips. Of course, the most important goal for a healthy lifestyle is consuming less sugar. Here are 9 great and easy tips for your dietary plan.
9 Tips to Consume Less Sugar and Be Healthier
What can be a perfect diabetes diet plan for you, some tips:
Beware of alcohol! Alcoholic drinks might save you from the stress of the day, but it will not save you from consuming less sugar. Alcoholic drinks, like wine and beer, have a lot of calories that you are not aware of. The worst of the worst are the cocktails since they are loaded up with sugar even more. Instead of cocktails with soda and juice, prefer no-calorie mixers! Also, drinking along with a meal might help a lot in keeping your blood sugar in healthy levels. Don’t forget, alcohol can affect your diabetic medication plan and your insulin levels.
Say no to soft drinks. If you consume a 12 oz. soft drink each day, the risk of being diabetic will rise up to 15-percent. Prefer sparkling water with lemon or lime to make it tastier. Also, avoid additional sweeteners and creamers for your coffee or tea.
Trick your mind into healthier treats. Sometimes you will want to have sugary snacks. You can avoid consuming too much sugar with replacing certain treats with healthier choices. You can prepare a great snack with frozen bananas instead of ice cream or you can prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate. You will feel more fulfilled and healthier.
If you really need that dessert, cut your servings to half and eat fruit for the other half.
Fat is your friend. When on a diet, it is thought that cutting on fats is a good choice. Apparently, the fats that are cut from the diet are usually replaced with sugar, which is much worse. To avoid such a mistake, keep the whole-fat milk in your diet and kick out the refined carbohydrates. Just make sure you only keep the healthy fats.
Add your own sweetener. Manufacturers tend to add more sugar to their products more than you want. To add just the right amount of sugar you want to your foods, prefer unsweetened drinks, plain yogurt, and unsweetened cereal. Then, add the amount of sweetener you want.
Labels will save you. Every product in the grocery store has to have labels, and they must give the right information about the product. Opt out for products with less sugar, stay away from sugary cereals and soft drinks. Preferring fresh and frozen vegetables instead of canned foods is also a great change.
Nothing is worse than processed food. To be healthier, try to avoid processed foods that are high in hidden sugar. These can be canned soup, frozen and low-fat foods. Cooking at home is healthier since you will know what’s inside your meal.
Recipes can be tricky. Sometimes, the amount of sugar suggested in recipes is not more than wanted. You can try editing the amount of sugar in recipes by ¼ or ⅓. If you think the sweetness of the recipe is just the right amount, then, you may want to still cut the sugar and sweeten your meal with vanilla extract or cinnamon.
Yet, these tips are only the beginning to our great journey for a healthy living. I will post more about healthy living to help you keep your motivation high and steady. Keep following my articles to add more color to your diet and feel great!